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“We fear the demonization of Ahmadinejad”

By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 6:10 pm

According to Harrys Place, Columbia Coalition Against the War are opposing planned demonstrations against Ahmadinejad when he speaks on Monday at Columbia University in New York:

A number of students and student organizations have already announced plans for a protest rally the same day. We are not among them. We do not endorse Ahmadinejad or his views, many of which are inexcusable. However, as opponents of a US military strike against Iran, we have serious concerns with the content of some of the hostility that has been expressed to his presence, and specifically with the planned protest.

We fear the demonization of Ahmadinejad, because we think this demonization contributes to the likelihood of war. In the current climate, with many on the political right in the U.S. and Israel pushing for air strikes, a campaign against Ahmadinejad is dangerous, regardless of the intentions of most involved. A call to action, unless it prominently rules out war, implies military action.

American contributor Gene, summarises: So it seems that if you don’t loudly proclaim your opposition to war every time you criticize Ahmadinejad and company, it means you want war. The effect of all this, intentional or not, is to render as suspect any sort of public criticism of the regime.

On the whole, it’s a position I’m sure the Iranian regime (as opposed to the Iranian people) appreciates very much.

Lobster it

By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 5:39 pm


Speaking of swiping, which is pretty much everywhere and for everything these days, the combined Oyster card, Barclaycard and "errr, lunchtime snack, booze, book & paper" card, acc. to London Underground blog, launched last week. The Onepulse card combines an Oyster card which we use on London Transport, with a credit card and a cashless way of paying for items under ten quid. These currently include Books Etc, Chop’d, Coffee Republic, EAT, Krispy Kreme, Threshers and YO! Sushi. So you’ll be able to swipe the one card at the aforementioned shops to pay for your food and drinks.

A cab driver told me Ken was thinking of asking cabs to have swipe pads installed so that people could also pay for cab rides with their Lobster. Sean Gardner, chief executive of a price comparison service site, said it was another step towards a cashless society. He enthusiastically called it  "a genuine advance in the credit card industry and looks set to cause a real stir in London. Experts have been predicting the end of cash for years and this looks set to be another step in that direction."

Some of this seems like a great idea. But not all of it.  I dont like being card dependent, cash is sometimes faster and easier for transport and Im not at all keen on having money ‘banked’ in this system. What say you?

self serving

By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 1:32 pm

london10-02-07_2153.jpgTescos in Soho has stripped out the fast check out services, which traditionally rely on human beings to process groceries, choosing instead to expand their computerised self service check outs.  I’m sure that store is not unique.  These systems have been oozing into supermarkets over the past 2 years. Instead of 10 or so employees they now only require one – to step in and assist when the computer shrilly advises everyone there is ‘an unidentified object in the bagging area’.

Looking for a Voice covers reports that the Monopolistic Supermarkets are to be accused of fleecing the customer to the tune of £270 million in ‘coordinating’ their pricing structure, by the Office of Fair Trading.

Tim Webb in the Indy on why, with oil running out, Middle-East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are cashing in on the supermarket giant Sainsburys.

And Alisher Usmanov has bought 21% of Arsenal’s shares. I would say more but he has a habit of closing websites down, carrying critical reports about it.


By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 12:55 pm

I see that on the eve of his trip to New York City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood before a banner blaring "Death to America," showed off his military might and declared his extremist regime will not bow to Western pressure. "Those who think, that by using such decayed tools as psychological warfare and economic sanctions, they can stop the Iranian nation’s progress are making a mistake," Ahmadinejad said yesterday outside of Tehran. As he spoke, a parade of anti-aircraft guns, missiles and military hardware moved before him. Three jet fighters flew overhead. In a menacing move, Ahmadinejad’s military henchmen said the medium-range missiles could reach Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf. WHY is he being allowed on US soil? There is no value in this whatsoever and it is my view that he should be banned.

US politeness will be interpreted as weakness.


By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Now, I don’t want anyone to think I have a problem with Poles in Britain, as I don’t! - BUT it is disturbing to read that some Polish workers in Britain are illegally claiming child benefit in both the UK and their home country. Officials in a number of Polish regions told Five Live Report up to half the applications they see are fraudulent. They added checks on claims were under strain because of the numbers involved. EU rules allow migrant workers to claim benefit for children who are in a different country, but they cannot do so in two countries at once. Two years ago in the Gdansk region of Poland, officials were asked to check just two applications for British child benefit. So far this year they have processed more than 1,500 claims. The BBC collated information from nine of Poland’s 16 regions. Six of those regions also provided estimates of the number of double claimants – in each case saying these represented at least one third and up to one half of total claims. This fraud is costing US UK taxpayers and it is an outrage that this is happening, it is also entirely predictable.  


By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 11:35 am

I see that Nanny State has decided that she will issue advice on alcohol limits for teenagers. The guidance is directed at parents of under eighteens and the aim is to discourage excessive drinking on the streets and in the home. I betcha this will have zero impact yet cost the tax-payer millions.

It  is NOT for Government to be issuing such advice, it is for parents to ensure that what goes on under their roofs is sensible and responsible. I happen to think that the best way to make sure kids don’t go off the rails too much with regard to alcohol consumption is for parents to set a good example. I also think that sitting down and talking sensibly to kids abiut the dangers of too much booze is also a good idea. They may still overdo it, teenagers will be teenagers, but at least the mystique of alochol can be taken away from them. But let us remember that this is the same government which has encouraged 24 hour opening hours and which has made the availability of alocohol so much easier.


By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 11:30 am

…Hitler! Here is a wonderful example of the absolute moral bankruptcy which typifies the political Left in their academic Ivory towers. Listen to what this Columbian University Dean has to say…he claims to speak for many! Does he speak for you?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 10:31 am

Just to remind the younger readers of these pages that there used to be a large, but rather inefficient band of people who really hated anything that was Western; and an even larger bunch of Western-oriented guys who were determined that the hate shouldn’t get out of hand. To those amongst us who believed that the Soviets were the ‘good guys’ and that all their armour, bombers, rockets and hundreds of thousands of troops were all amassed in the cause of self-defence; the fact that the N.A.T.O. Governments stoutly resisted any call for dis-armament, and rather pointedly increased the ante every time the Soviets said ‘Boo’ was depressing in the extreme, but even the Soviet-lovers eventually got the message. That message was of course that the Soviet Empire was the ‘Main Enemy’ and when the facade crumpled after Afghanistan, and the lightning dissolution of the Soviet Empire began in Poland, rippled through Hungary, Czechoslovakia and East Germany, even the doubters had to accept that Winston’s ‘Iron Curtain’ had finally been torn down.

So everyone relaxed, McDonalds set up in Moscow, and the world went on to discover slightly nervier things, like Islamic terror, bombers who died along with their victims, and cold-eyed fanaticism; all of which are with us today.

795151-1048283-thumbnail.jpgUnfortunately, the relaxation has spread a little too far, as was discovered when a B-52 bomber, after being parked for a night in a remote area of the base, took off on a routine mission from Minot Air Force base in North Dakota and landed in Louisiana, along with what was supposed to be twelve unarmed AGM-129 cruise missiles, and parked for a further nine hours before the removal of the missiles began.

 It was only then that an alert airman discovered that six of the supposedly unarmed missiles were in fact fully-armed with nuclear warheads, loaded in error back in Minot, and never checked, or listed, or even missed by their keepers!


Peacetime is all very well, Guys, but lets not take our eyes off the ball! 



By ATWadmin On September 23rd, 2007 at 9:05 am

You really do have to laugh at the suggestion in the press today that the General Election could be held in four weeks after Gordon Brown was told by aides he will never have a better chance of winning – and senior Tories admitted they feared defeat. The Prime Minister is under huge pressure from his closest allies to call an election on October 25 after new private polls by both parties show him with a clear lead over David Cameron in the all-important ratings for statesmanship. One of Mr Brown’s allies told The Mail on Sunday: "Gordon is about the only one who is not convinced that we have to do it now."All our research suggests we would win – and win well."  No spin there from spin-free Gordon’s regime, eh? But he has a point since the debt-ridden UK economy is going to become much more exposed in 2008, and Mr Brown is the architect of that particular disaster-in-waiting.

Meanwhile Conservative morale has suffered another blow after Stephan Shakespeare, director of the YouGov polling firm and a former polling adviser to Iain Duncan Smith, forecast victory for Mr Brown. "David Cameron has successfully rebranded the Conservatives but he has not yet done enough to show he has attractive policies on issues which people care about most," said Mr Shakespeare. "People are worried about the big things like the economy and terrorism and are more interested in voting for a statesman than someone who is good on TV."

More metropolitan rubbish. Cameron has moved the Conservative Party onto the same ground as Labour, with indistinguishable policies and a better hair-do. The sycophants that surround Cameron think this is clever and they will discover just how clever shortly, when the wretched Brown sneaks back into power because the Conservative Party once again failed the people by not standing up for authentic conservative values. The British people will reject the Conservative Party because they see nothing that makes it conservative and THAT is why it deserves to lose.

Once they lose, I wonder what fate awaits Call Me Dave, the man who wanted to be Tony Blair?


By ATWadmin On September 22nd, 2007 at 10:13 pm

DETRIOITb.jpgThis image sums up how weak and stuoid we are in dealing effectively with the war being waged against US by militant Islam. It was taken at Detroit Airport and shows a Nun being frisked by a Muslim security operative. WRONG. We should be profiling at Airports – any young man aged 18-30 called Muhammad is probably a good indicator of a search, being a Nun rather less so.  You see this all the time as our authorities go out of there way to ensure that we ignore the Islamic elephant in the room.